Arsenal youngster Nuno Tavares says he wants to follow in Guendouzi and Saliba's footsteps
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Arsenal youngster Nuno Tavares says he wants to follow in Guendouzi and Saliba's footsteps

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Arsenal sent Nuno Tavares to Olympique Marseille on loan last week, and the youngster has claimed that he wants to follow in the footsteps of Matteo Guendouzi and William Saliba.

The 22-year-old Portuguese full-back only joined Arsenal last year. He had a fantastic start to the campaign and even kept Kieran Tierney out of the side for a few games.

However, Tavares’ fortunes turned for the worse in 2022. The youngster really struggled at left-back, so much so that Arteta had to use the likes of Granit Xhaka, Cedric Soares and Takehiro Tomiyasu there instead.

Arsenal had to address that issue this summer, and they brought in Oleksandr Zinchenko. That opened the door for Tavares to head out on loan to Marseille.

Nuno Tavares says he wants to follow in the footsteps of Guendouzi and Saliba

Arsenal and Marseille maintain an excellent relationship thanks to recent transfers. The Gunners loaned out William Saliba and Matteo Guendouzi last summer, and both players had stunning campaigns at the Stade Velodrome.

The French outfit signed Guendouzi on a permanent deal this summer, while Saliba, who is back at Arsenal now, looks a much better player than he was this time last year.

Tavares, branded as ‘brilliant’, has now claimed that he would love to emulate the French stars at Marseille.

He told the club’s official website, as per The Evening Standard: “For a reference, Matteo and Saliba. I saw the success they had here, so I want to follow those steps as much as I can.”

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Tavares is a talented full-back, and this loan spell at Marseille under Igor Tudor could really benefit him this season.

The 22-year-old is rapid, has all the tricks in the book and is very good in attack. However, his biggest issue was his lack of composure at the back, which cost Arsenal on more than one occasion in the second half of last season.

With Kieran Tierney and Zinchenko at Arteta’s disposal now, Tavares was barely going to play had he stayed at the Emirates. The decision to move out on loan is definitely the right one, and folks at Arsenal will be hoping he’ll come back a much better player.

Marseille have no option to buy Tavares at the end of this season, which means he’s almost certain to come back to Arsenal in 2023.

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